As a class:
- Students examine the Aboriginal languages map. According to this source, which language group would have observed the landing of the First Fleet?
- Using First Australians 1(PDF, 115 KB) and First Australians 2 (PDF, 134 KB), students explore the impact of the First Fleet’s arrival on the local Aboriginal people.
Using Reading historical images (PDF, 182 KB), students examine images depicting contact between early settlers and local Aboriginal people:
William Bradley’s paintings 1 (PDF, 535 KB)
William Bradley’s paintings 2 (PDF, 527 KB)
William Bradley’s paintings 3 (PDF, 495 KB)
The images could be printed and displayed around the classroom.
Groups could use sticky notes to record their findings.
Students read notes from other groups and add their own observations and questions. (The State Library of New South Wales’ Discover Collections website may provide students with useful background information on William Bradley.)
- As a class, students read Excerpt from the diary of Lieutenant Bradley. Model the deconstruction and analysis of this historical document.
- Ask: Who wrote this account and for what purpose?What events are described here?Why might another person describe the events differently?
What does this account reveal about contacts between settlers and Aboriginal people?